KC Neck Injury

Kansas City Neck Injury Lawyers

Strong representation in MO and KS when accidents cause chronic and permanent neck injuries

Many different types of accidents can cause serious neck injuries such as whiplash and soft tissue injury damage. Car accidents, falls, falling objects, and workplace accidents are common reasons a personal injury victim may have neck injuries. Many neck injury victims live with chronic pain. Most neck injury victims require long-term rehabilitative therapy.

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we understand how traumatic neck injuries can be. For many victims, the pain never fully goes away. Simple tasks like sleeping, reading, and working at a computer become a nightmare. Our Kansas City neck injury lawyers work with orthopedists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers to understand the severity of your neck injury, the type of medical care you will need for the rest of your life, and every way your neck injury makes living, working, and playing extremely difficult. Our personal injury lawyers demand compensation from car drivers, property owners, and other responsible parties for your debilitating neck injuries. We also file workers’ compensation claims when you can’t work due to neck injuries suffered at work.

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How are neck injuries categorized?

Many neck injuries from car accidents, slip and falls, and other accidents involve sprains and strains, nerve damage, and muscle damage. Some neck injuries may be due to dislocations or fractures. For some victims, surgery is required. For many neck injury victims, long-term physical therapy is necessary to provide some relief.

Some of the signs and symptoms of neck injuries according to the Mayo Clinic include muscle tightness and spasms, a reduced ability to move your head, headaches, and pain which becomes worse if the neck is kept in the same position too long (for example, when doing computer work). Whiplash is a type of neck injury. It is caused by a “forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.”

What types of accidents or negligence cause neck injuries in Kansas City?

While many neck injuries are due to wear and tear as we age, some neck injuries are due to different types of accidents. Some of the accidents in Kansas City that may cause neck injuries include:

  • Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. The type of accident that regularly causes neck injuries, such as whiplash, is a rear-end collision. Any other type of vehicle accident (a head-on crash, a broadside, an intersection accident, or any other type of crash) can cause neck injuries as the drivers and passengers are thrown about the vehicles.
  • Slip and falls while on the property of another. A fall from level ground or higher ground can cause a neck injury. In the most horrific cases, a visitor may fall on his/her head which can damage the brain as well as the neck. The elderly are most prone to falls while on the premises of a store, restaurant, professional office, or any business.
  • Workplace accidents. Workers at construction sites, manufacturing sites, warehouses, and other sites that involve lifting, pushing, and carrying may injure their neck if they fall, if objects fall on them, if they are pinned between objects, machinery malfunctions, or if an explosion occurs. Workers may also suffer neck injuries due to repetitive stress injuries.
  • Negligent security. Visitors who have the right to be on the property of another may be injured due to criminal or violent attacks caused by negligent security.

What diagnostic tests are used for neck injuries?

ER departments, family doctors, and orthopedists may use any of the following diagnostic tests for patients who say they have a neck injury:

  • X-ray. This test can show if you have any bone spurs or other degenerative changes.
  • CT-scan. This test provides a cross-sectional view of your neck.
  • This test examines the bones and soft tissues, “including the spinal cord and the nerves coming from the spinal cord.”
  • Electromyography (EMG).This test may be used to determine if a patient has a pinched nerve.
  • Blood test. A blood test may help show if inflammatory or infectious conditions are causing neck pain.

Some patients may have neck pain even though they don’t have any positive diagnostic tests.

What are the treatments for neck injuries in Kansas City?

If at-home care doesn’t help, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medications or prescribe muscle relaxants and tricyclic antidepressants for pain relief.

The possible therapy treatments include:

  • Physical therapy. Patients learn neck-strengthening exercises and correct posture. The therapist may also use ice, heat electrical stimulation, and other remedies.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).This treatment uses electrodes that send tiny electrical impulses to the injured neck.
  • This treatment uses “weights, pulleys or an air bladder to gently stretch your neck.”
  • Short-term immobilization. This treatment for neck injuries consists of a soft collar to support the neck – though accident victims need to make sure that they don’t use the collar for too many hours at a time or for more than a week or two.

Possible advanced procedures include:

  • Steroid injections. Corticosteroid injections near the nerve roots are injected “into the small facet joints in the bones of the cervical spine or into the muscles in your neck.” “Numbing medications, such as lidocaine, also can be injected to relieve your neck pain.”
  • In rare cases, surgery is used for neck injuries.

Some Kansas City nerve injury victims may also try acupuncture, chiropractic help, and massage therapy.

Who is responsible for my neck injuries?

The people and businesses responsible for your accident depend on the type of accident, and how the accident happened. Defendants in personal injury claims may include car drivers, car owners, truck owners, property owners, and construction site owners. If a defective product caused your neck injuries, we file product liability claims on your behalf.

Employees who suffer neck injuries generally must file a workers’ compensation claim.

What damages can I claim for my neck injuries in Kansas City?

The damages Kansas City neck injury victims can claim depends on the type of claim you can file. The good news with filing a workers’ compensation claim is that you don’t have to prove fault. The bad news is that you are limited to:

  • Payment of all medical bills – from the date of the accident for as long as you need medical help
  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Permanent disability benefits if you qualify

If you can file a personal injury claim, your damages include:

  • Payment of all medical expenses – current and future
  • Payment of lost income and benefits – current and future
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Loss of the enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium (marital relations)

Our Kansas City neck injury lawyers may seek punitive damage if the defendant’s negligence was inexcusable.

Do you have a neck injury lawyer near me?

At Kansas City Injury Accident Attorneys, our lawyers see clients at our main office in Kansas City, Missouri. We’re located at 510 Walnut, Suite 100, right off East 5th Street in the River Market area. We also maintain offices in Lee’s Summit, Parkville, and St. Joseph, Missouri as well as in Olathe, Overland Park, and Kansas City, KS, where you can meet us by appointment.

We do meet neck injury clients at their homes, hospitals, or other locations when necessary. We also have a video chat service.

Initial consultations are free. Our firm handles your neck injury case on a contingency fee basis.

Contact our seasoned Kansas City neck injury lawyers now

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our lawyers understand how traumatic neck injuries are. Even with regular physical therapy and other treatments, many accident victims never fully recuperate. Our Kansas City neck injury lawyers are skilled at holding the responsible parties accountable for your chronic pain, anxiety, and loss of life’s pleasures. We review your medical needs with your physicians. To assert your right to compensation, call our office at 816-471-5111, begin a live chat today, or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation.

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